1. A lunch, especially a formal one.
2. An afternoon party at which a light meal is served.
[Probably alteration (influenced by dialectal lunch, hunk of cheese or bread) of obsolete nuncheon, light snack, from Middle English nonshench : none, noon; see NOON + schench, drink (from Old English scenc, from scencan, to pour out).]
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